ConGRADulations! Graduation is just around the corner and I’ve got some simple ideas to pull together a quick celebration for the graduates in your life! Start with anything black & white. Then add a pop of color in your food, your floral arrangements & your signage. I chose this year’s “Color of the Year”, Emerald Green. I hope you enjoy our inspiration and you can read all the DIY tips below to get your own celebration ready. Congratulations to all of the 2013 graduates! The tassle was indeed worth the hassle!
I was inspired by these super cute napkins I picked up at Swoozies! I just love the sentiment, “The Tassle was Worth the Hassle”. It may take this year’s graduates a few years to appreciate it but indeed it is definitely worth the hassle. I wanted to host a Southern garden brunch and kept my menu full of bite sized foods that were very easy to prepare. Pancake balls, pastry quiches, pigs in a blanket (a favorite with the kids!), cucumber slices with goat cheese on crackers, and a sweet treat completed our menu. And in true Southern fashion, I served water with fresh lime slices in Mason Jar glasses that I wrapped with black & white tassles. I made little diplomas for my mini peanut butter cups by cutting a small square of white fondant, rolling it up and tying it with green ribbon. Aren’t they cute?
I created a mortar board backdrop in less than 10 minutes. All you need is black 12″ x 12″ cardstock, glue gun, black buttons, & tassle fringe. I got all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby and the tassles were even on clearance so I got two tassles on one cord for $.71/each. Just cut the black cardstock to 9″ x 9″. Cut the fringe tassle and wrap end around button. Hot glue to the center of the cardstock and you have your mortar board. (Quick Tip: tape the cording on the tassle before you cut and cut in the taped area to keep it from unraveling.) Then I had a few party straws left over so I taped one to the back and stuck it into a small glass of sugar to hold it up.
I added some great gifts & treat bags that I picked up at Swoozies to the table for each of the graduates to take with them. These can huggers are great for keeping drinks cold on these hot summer days here in the South. They actually are great at keeping hot beverages warm too! I added a tassle to these black and white striped favor bags to carry our theme through. A fresh arrangement of flowers in our colors and we are ready to celebrate!
I hope you and your graduates have a wonderful celebration to commemorate all of their hard work and their big accomplishment! ConGRADulations!
STYLING & PARTY DESIGN: AMY OF AMY’S PARTY IDEAS | MASON JAR GLASSES: SWOOZIES | PARTY NAPKINS: SWOOZIES | TASSLES & TABLECLOTH FABRIC: HOBBY LOBBY | PARTY STRAWS: SWOOZIES | BLACK & WHITE FAVOR BAGS: SWOOZIES | GRADUATION GIFTS: SWOOZIES